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The Sexy to My Dining Room: Our New Wood Floors

We have wanted wood floors our entire homeowner life. On days where couldn't stand the idea of living another day with our matted down, wrinkled, stained carpet, we'd imagine our home with wood floors. After 13 years, our wood floor dreams came true, and we just can't believe the difference!

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Silicone Caulking to the Back of a Sink, Shower Almost Anywhere...

Admit it! We all have a few of those 'Honey Do's' that we know we should be doing but for one reason or another we keep putting it off. Sometimes the reason is we don't have the confidence to get the finish a 'Pro' can get even using the same tools and supplies. So to even things up I'll give you the tips even some pro's don't know. I had to caulk a leak to the back of the kitchen sink. So using a caulking gun and a tube of silicone I achieved a smooth finish with no excess and no stringy bits or lumps and it was EASY!

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I Made an End Grain Wood Floor From Scratch and Saved Myself $4000!

One day I had come across a flooring in an old church and became intrigued, I had never seen anything like it before. It was a wood floor, but as opposed to the side of the grain being exposed, it was the end of the grain. I decided that I needed to recreate this old world craftsmen appearance in my own home. Full details of the entire project are here:

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Keep Concrete Crack Resistant

There's nothing worse than a cracked, heaved, or sunken concrete pad.

Chances are you've experienced one of these 3 things if you're a homeowner (i'm in this club myself, and unfortunately it doesn't involve a cool jacket).

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Easy Cheap Update for Bad Tile

This is what my tub front now looks like. I started out with uneven not my style tile on the front of my tub. I didn't want to take the time to tear it all out and redo the tile so I thought of an easy inexpensive way to cover it up. I measured the area, bought a sheet of bead board, found the center because the beadboard sheet wasn't a wide enough piece to have the lines going up and down. I knew I would need to piece it together then cover the seam with trim.

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How To Install Vinyl Plank Flooring

Installing vinyl plank flooring is easier than you might think. The first step is to pick the right floors. We used Lifeproof Luxury Plank Flooring. There were several reasons we picked this floor. The main reason is this floor comes with a built in underlayment, eliminating the need for that entire process.

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How To Create the Look of a Stone Floor Out of Old Linoleum

I was really tired of our old linoleum floor in our powder room. It was chipping in places and not in the best shape. Plus, it was pretty ugly. I decided to use paint to create a new floor for less than $150 and am thrilled with the result! For more tutorials and before and after's, check out!

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Split Foyer Staircase Gets a Makeover

I have a classic 80's home setup. Many homes in my area have it; the split foyer staircase. Having ripped out old carpeting all throughout the upper part of the house, only the staircase was still covered in the antique ivory carpeting anymore. The rough cedar stringers, banisters, and spindles were looking worn and splintering all over, so I decided to give this area a makeover.

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Porcelain Wood Look Tile Floor

This project, literally was not planned, at all! One morning we are sitting on the couch and my honey says, (pointing into the the entry hall) "let's rip out that floor". Um, ok, then what? lol! I wasn't going to argue with him though because we haven't done a DIY project in forever and I have hated this floor since we moved in 6 years ago!

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How To Change the Look of Your Tile Grout for Less Then 30 Dollars

Cleaning your tile grout is always a choir and time consuming. Applying a grout color sealer like Grout Shield will not only save you time but make you feel as if your floors or wall are looking new again.

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Repair Your Deck Railing and Stairs

Welcome to the south where from May to September we are graced by full sun and heat from about 6:00 a.m.- 7:30 p.m. Since our deck faces east it has taken a BEATING! We had no idea how expensive decks were to build and that maintenance and repair of our deck was so important.

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How I Repaired A Chipped Baseboard

My hubby and the dogs were goofing around the other day, and knocked my vanity chair over. It took quite a chunk out of the baseboard.

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Log Floor (Handmade)

This is a at the Slaughterbeck Floors website.

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Hexagon Tile Floor Transition Entrance

After seeing numerous photos of Hexagon Tiles organically transitioning into hardwood flooring, I had to attempt this technique. I hadn’t seen any conclusive tutorials on doing this transition so I was left to my own devices. The final product turned out really sharp and has held up perfectly since it was installed two years ago.I will be installing a Zebrawood engineered hardwood flooring. This means it has a thin veneer of Zebrawood mounted on an MDF substrate and a little layer of cork on the bottom. It is important to have the tiles sitting approximately 1/16″ – 1/8″ higher than the hardwood floors. This is to minimize damage to the frail Zebrawood veneer.

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Installing Groutable Luxury Vinyl Tile

Luxury Vinyl Tile that can be grouted is a fantastic alternative to ceramic tile. It's affordable, durable, easy-to-install, and start to finish can be done in ONE DAY! It looks just like ceramic tile without the headache. I just finished my foyer floor and I LOVE the result!

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How to Tile Under the Sink

For the full detailed post you can visit Ginger And The Huth
We noticed water damage under the sink. Although the damage was minor, it would likely get worse with time. I got inspiration from the "put peel and stick tile under the sink!" Pin that's been floating around forever. We decided since we had zero tile experience it'd probably be a good idea to get our feet wet with tiling under the sink.

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Faux Tile Backsplash With Paint!

Hey all! Welcome to my kitchen. It's builder grade basic and the only personal touch I've made on it since moving in four years ago, is painting the walls red.

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Cheap Fix for Small Cracks in Your Baseboard and Trim

Do you live in an old house like I do? Do you have baseboards and other trim around your house that’s pulling away from the wall in spots? Do you have trim work with small hairline cracks? It’s surprisingly common and happens all the time, I notice it in just about every house I go into. Maybe small cracks and gaps in your trim don't bother you, that's ok, your just an uncivilized barbarian. This article won’t be for you. For the rest of you who, like me, are triggered by small cosmetic defects in your trim work keep reading.

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Learn How to Repair Cracked Concrete - HWDIY

On this episode, Kim demonstrates how to repair cracked rotting concrete, to help fix damp and dusky basements.
If your basement is feeling a little bit damp, you may need to get some water proofing done. A damp basement can lead to all sorts of costly problems. Luckily, parging is a cost effective task that can save you, and your sinking basement, from going under.

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Ugly Tile Cover Up

Cover up some ugly tiles cheaply and easily!

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Guest Bathroom: Paper Bag Floors

Ashley from Domestic Imperfection posted a great tutorial about how to complete this super cool and inexpensive flooring option. I've wanted to update the guest bathroom for a while and since I was still on maternity leave, there was no time like the present! The Hub-E was skeptical about how this would look, especially in a bathroom, but has now found that he loves it.
The original tile was white, cracked, and out dated. Re-doing with the paper bag floor was more of an experiment for me since it was such a small area and I didn't want to rip out all of the tile. When I looked up the steps involved in this flooring, everyone online was putting it over concrete, ply wood, basically anything but tile. 12 coats of floor poly later, we are good! I will keep you posted if this starts to come up, BUT we don't use this bathroom very often, so the wear and tear on it is not like an ordinary bathroom.
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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Radiant Heating

We recently tackled the DIY install of our radiant in-floor heating system. If you're considering a radiant system for you're home, here are 5 things you might not know..

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Hardwood Floors From Plywood??? YES!!!

We had nasty carpet that was old and stained in a room we wanted to re do as a guest room. We wanted to put wood floors down but didn't want the high cost associated with them.
We started by ripping up the carpet and pad to expose the sub floor, which was in great condition.

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Shower Grout that Doesn't Stain or Need Sealed, Ever!

Dingy and moldy grout just stinks.
Plus it's embarassing when you have house guests.
This past weekend I installed epoxy shower grout in between our 2 x 2 inch shower floor tiles.